Ohio has passed a ban on dismemberment abortions and now the question is whether it will withstand a likely court challenge.
The Ohio House voted 62-27 in favor of the ban and the Senate concurred 23-9, a wide margin in both houses.
Jamieson Gordon of Ohio Right to Life tells OneNewsNow the dilation and evacuation procedure, also known as dismemberment abortion, is horrible.
"Essentially the abortionist dilates the woman's cervix and then rips the baby limb from limb using sterile instruments," she warns. "You know, we see in the partial-birth abortion ban that was upheld in Gonzales vs Carhart that an abortion procedure can be banned based on its brutality, and that was kind of the goal here: dismemberment abortions are absolutely grotesque and they shouldn't be legal."
The ruling in that case came from the U.S. Supreme Court.
In Ohio, the procedure has been used 13 to 24 weeks into pregnancies. Last year there were approximately 3,500 preborn babies terminated in Ohio through dismemberment abortions.
Nine states have enacted the bans in the past three years. Kansas went first but that was struck down, blocking the law from going into effect.